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WRT hearing set Aug. 24 in Indy
By Joseph Slacian
 
COLUMBIA CITY – A hearing on a stop work order at the site of the Lagro boat ramp will take place Aug. 24 in Indianapolis.
 
The hearing came at the request of opponents to the ramp, which was created by the Wabash River Trail as part of its plans for a 33-mile bike route through the county.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 01
City changes school zone speed limits
By Joseph Slacian
 
Speed limits on some Wabash City streets around schools will be changing.
 
The Wabash City Council on Monday approved the changes on two readings, meaning they will be in effect when school begins on Aug. 9.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 01
Karsynís legacy lives on

Karsyn Bratch’s sister, Jordan, addresses the crowd Saturday morning during the Kick it for Karsyn kickball tourney. Photos by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Eighteen teams spent part of Saturday, July 29, playing kickball and, more importantly, remembering the short but touching life of Karsyn Bratch.

The fourth annual Kick it for Karsyn kickball tourney took place at four diamonds at the Morrett Sports Complex.

Karsyn was diagnosed with cancer when she was 4-years-old and battled the disease for eight years before succumbing to it in October 2015, just weeks after the second annual kickball tourney. She was generous, friendly, and had a positive outlook no matter how she was feeling, something that inspired all who knew her.

Posted on 2017 Aug 01
Ceremony dedicates South Side Park complete

The South Side Park Project invested more than $50,000 in the playground space located at 1470 Vernon St. in Wabash. The project renovated the park’s playground system and resurfaced the basketball court, providing new backboards as well. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

South Side Park, located at 1470 Vernon St. in Wabash, is complete and ready to be played on.

The park’s project committee officials dedicated the renovated space with an informal ceremony Friday evening, July 28.

“I just want to thank everybody,” Mitch Figert, committee co-chair and Wabash City Council member, said to a group of 15 people that gathered to celebrate the occasion. “It’s been at least two years ago when (committee co-chair) Jordan Tandy came to me and we had this beautiful idea. Hanna Park had been completed and South Side Park was looking in disrepair. It was a nice space, but the equipment had been aged and things were broken."

Posted on 2017 Aug 01
Barn lost to fire

Firefighters from several area departments responded to a report of a barn fire on 300 W., north of 1300 N. late in the night of Saturday, July 29. When the firefighters arrived, the hay-filled barn was fully engulfed. Photo by David Fenker

By David Fenker

A northern Wabash County barn was lost to a fire late Saturday night.

According to Pleasant Township Fire Department (PTFD) Chief Kent Trickle, the department was dispatched around 10 p.m. Saturday, July 29 to a barn fire on 300 W., north of 1300 N.

Posted on 2017 Aug 01
Milford man faces reckless homicide

Donald Fecher

By Emma Rausch

A Milford man is facing felony reckless homicide in connection to a 2016 rural Wabash County accident that resulted in the death of a North Manchester resident.

Donald Fecher, 61, was booked into the Wabash County Jail for the charge on Friday, July 21.

The charge stems from a crash that took place on May 20, 2016, on Wabash County Road 100 East at Wabash County Road 1400 North.

Posted on 2017 Aug 01
County receives hazard mitigation grant
By David Fenker
 
Thanks to a nearly $17,000 grant from Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Wabash County will soon begin updating its hazard mitigation plan.
 
Wabash County Emergency Management Agency Director Keith Walters presented information about the grant at the July 31 meeting of the Wabash County Board of Commissioners.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 01
MSD Board continues budget talks
By Emma Rausch
 
The MSD of Wabash County Board of Education continued its 2018 budget discussions Tuesday night, July 25.
 
After discussing the organization’s Rainy Day, Transportation Debt Service and School Pension Debt funds on July 11, the board moved on to Bus Replacement Plan and Capital Projects Fund, which are budgeted for but their use depends on the board’s determination of necessity, according to Chris Kuhn, MSD assistant superintendent of finance.
 
Kuhn proposed a $467,345 budget for the Bus Replacement Plan and a $4,711,229 budget for the Capital Projects Fund for 2018.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 01

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